006: LDS Female Sexuality with Jennifer Finlayson-Fife Part 3

homepage05This is a rebroadcasting from Mormon Stories where Natasha Helfer Parker interviews Dr. Jennifer Finlayson- Fife, a psychotherapist on issues surrounding female sexuality and feminism within the LDS framework. Dr.Fife holds a Ph.D in Counseling Psychology from Boston College where she wrote her dissertation on LDS women and sexuality. She has taught college level classes on human sexuality and currently has a private therapy practice in Chicago. She is an active member of the LDS church. You can find more information regarding her practice, internet courses and therapy approach at finlayson-fife.com and drjenniferfife.blogspot.com. Her dissertation is available for purchase.

5 comments for “006: LDS Female Sexuality with Jennifer Finlayson-Fife Part 3

  1. Anonymous
    July 23, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    The podcast indicates that the inculcation of sexual inhibition in Mormon women is fairly widespread. What is the general response of these women when confronted with this? Acknowledgment? Denial? Somewhere in between? Disinterest? The podcast seemed to imply that unless a sexually inhibited Mormon woman is committed to actively change her condition, it is not likely to change. A very sobering conclusion that would likely result in divorce, an affair, or continuation in a less than happy marriage.

    • Tammy
      February 24, 2016 at 10:10 pm

      Anonymous, I would concur with your findings. I also wonder if this isn’t why pornography is such an issue with church membership (men finding an outlet somewhere that doesn’t step outside their marriage in such a direct way)?

      I doubt these women are ‘confronted’ in any way, as I would imagine that would be less effective than starting where the client is and working toward helping them see their issues for themselves.

  2. Jennifer
    August 5, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    What does the writer of the podcast mean by sexual inhibition? When we’re married or single? The church has never encouraged sex outside of marriage – neither have they condemned it inside of marriage. Knowing this , I would say women should never feel like they have to be prudeish once they marry! I, for one, certainly was not. Every couple must decide what amount of sex works for them. My husband and I had an extremely active sex life, I mean, that’s what we both wanted and what worked for us. – and if you’re wondering what I mean by that, It was at least once a day if not more! I don’t believe the podcast is correct because most of us consider our sex lives not to be anybody’s business but our own and are reluctant to talk about it even for research purposes.

    • Tammy Ellis
      February 24, 2016 at 10:07 pm

      “Most of us consider our sex lives not to be anybody’s business but our own and are reluctant to talk about it even for research purposes.”

      Actually, while most of us consider it private, I personally feel no shame in discussing it in an adult manner, with or without it being for research purposes. These are trained professionals, using evidence-based, best practice models for their treatment methods, I am pretty sure they are correct.

  3. Nancy
    November 24, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Hi there…just got done listening to this podcast and want to thank you for providing this lecture. It was enlightening as it spoke about the many “taboos” that many within the LDS faith and other faiths in general are afraid to discuss. I sincerely want to Thank You…and have suggested this podcast to friends and families.

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